Jodi Arias sentenced to life in prison for killing ex-boyfriend

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File photo of Jodi Arias

By Katherine Cavazini

HLN

(CNN) — Jodi Arias was sentenced to life in prison Monday for the gruesome 2008 murder of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander.

Maricopa County Judge Sherry Stephens could have sentenced Arias to life with the possibility of early release after 25 years, but decided the convicted killer should spend the rest of her life behind bars.

Before her sentence was handed down, Arias expressed remorse for her actions.

“To this day I can’t believe that I was capable of doing something that terrible,” Arias said. “I’m truly disgusted and repulsed with myself. I’m horrified because of what I did, and I wish there was some way I could take it back.”

Earlier, Travis Alexander’s sisters gave their victim impact statements. Hillary Alexander said she’s trying to block her brother from her life.

“I don’t want to remember him anymore, because it hurts too much to remember him alive. … I remember how he was brutally taken from us and I can’t handle it. This is what I’ve had to do so I can cope,” she said through tears.

Arias, 34, was found guilty of first-degree murder in May 2013. The jury that convicted her found the murder was especially cruel, making Arias eligible for the death penalty. However, that same jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on whether she should live or die.

A new jury was empanelled in October 2014 to decide Arias’ fate, but they, too, were unable to reach a unanimous decision.

Because a second jury was deadlocked in the penalty phase of Arias’ case, the death penalty was taken off the table, leaving Arias’ sentence up to the judge.

Arias will serve her sentence at the Lumley Unit in the Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville near Goodyear, Arizona.

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5 comments

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Good for the judge! Now Jodi won’t have to worry about planning any vacations for the next 50 or 50 years.

  • Matt

    This is what happens to people when they kill someone – See ya…Have a nice stay for the rest of your life.

  • debbie

    Even though she did not get the death penalty…which I believe & Travis family believes she should have gotten. Life in prison without parole is a guarantee that she will not be out to take another life. What more can anyone ask for. She sealed her tomb when she did the unspeakable to another human being.

  • Kathy

    When I watched the video of Jodi “expressing her remorse” I felt like it was a script. No real feeling behind any of it. Goodbye and good forever and thankfully she will probably not breed and pass on her narcissism

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